It’s Christmas Eve. That means that all over the world families are gathering together around dinner tables to celebrate.
But here in New York, we have our own tradition: Eating at a Chinese restaurant.
In the beloved tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas, we’ve found the best Chinese restaurants in Manhattan.
The beloved Philadelphia restaurant chain opened its first outpost in New York's East Village in 2013, and it quickly became a favourite with New Yorkers. An Upper West Side outpost followed in April 2015.
Items on the menu are scored 1-10 based on spiciness, with 10 topping out at mouth-scorching. Order the famed dan dan noodle appetizer, and follow it up with a hot pot or one of the dozen or so other options on the entree section of the menu.
Hot Kitchen serves spicy Sichuan cuisine in a low-key spot in the East Village. The menu features lots of seafood dishes, like soft-shell crab and steamed whole fish with hot bean sauce.
Dishes are served family-style, so this place is best for groups.
If you're looking for an authentic dim sum experience, there's no better spot than Chinatown's Jing Fong, a massive banquet hall where servers wheel carts filled with various delicacies around the tables.
The Hong Kong-style eatery is great for groups and serves more than 100 varieties of dim sum.
Joe's Shanghai is famous for its soup dumplings, called Xiao Long Bao or 'Little Dumplings in the Basket.'
They come in either pork or crab meat varieties, served in a bamboo basket. Bite the edge of the dumpling and carefully slurp up the soup, being careful to avoid spilling the piping hot broth all over yourself.
Some people say Joe's Shanghai is overrated and expensive with long lines. Others swear by it. Love it or hate it, this place is an institution.
Mr. Chow turns Chinese food into fine dining. The dining room is elegant, service is excellent, and the food is superb -- but you'll pay for the experience.
There are two locations in Manhattan -- in Tribeca and Midtown East -- but both are trendy.
RedFarm is a creative, high-end Chinese restaurant that serves innovative Chinese dishes presented in a very whimsical, playful manner.
Check out, for example, Pac-Man ghost dumplings with sesame seeds for eyes, or the Katz's pastrami egg roll.
There are two locations in Manhattan: one in the West Village and one on the Upper West Side.
Xi'an Famous Foods serves western Chinese specialties, like awesome hand-pulled noodles and a cumin lamb burger, at incredibly cheap prices.
They have locations in Chinatown, the East Village, Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and Flushing, Queens.
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